Happy New Year
AMC has just finished their second European tour of the year and the new line-up with Mark just singing gave them a whole new energy and showcased some of Mark’s finest vocals in 16 years. The band were able to pull out some long lost nuggets like ‘Animal Pen,’ ‘Fearless,’ ‘Apology For An Accident’ and ‘What Godzilla Said….’ Sadly the band will not be touring the US early next year as previously reported.
Mark will be heading back into the studio in the next month to record an solo EP of 6-7 songs for release early next year which will feature some solo acoustic numbers alongside some band numbers. Mark will also continue work on his new musical “Marine Parade” which will make its stage debut sometime this next year. AMC will then go into the studio in late May/June to record their next album which should be released January 2010.
Please also check the European webstore for the new limited edtion tour cds of Mercury demos and Everclear rehersals all in great quality. We also have some new shirts. The US store should have the limited edition CDs up in two weeks.
The tour kicked off ... in Belfast with some tunes they haven't played since the 80s and early 90s including Animal Pen, If I had a Hammer, Apology for an accident, Royal Cafe, What Holds the World Together plus the likes of Gary's Song, Outside this Bar, Nightwatchman and a host of others new and old. Mark and Vudi are extremely happy with the new expanded line-up. There is a promise for bringing out other tracks like Rise throughout the tour.
Please come down to the shows where we will be selling two very limited(600 copies on one and 700 copies on the other) tour cds which will not be on the web until towards the end of the tour. details to follow
AMC will be expanding to a five piece band for the following European tour, Gone is Sean Hoffman (yes the guy on the front of the album cover) and in is Dana Schechter on bass. Dana previously played with the band back in 1994. Also Jonathan Heine joins on guitar and keyboards. This will allow the band to pull some old rare tunes out of the back catalogue that have not been played for many years as it frees up Mark to focus more on singing. The set list will be very different than the last tour.
The band has also added a date in Beirut for Oct 18th as part of a festival there. We should also have a new shirt design plus a few tour cds featuring tracks from the 92-94 period.
The new amc website webstore should be up very soon in the next few days on the new look website which features videos etc. We are hoping to have some live video added to the site in the near future as well
A few of them may not be on sale until later this week. Some fans asked for Finland and Portugal so we came through. There will be another three dates added in soon which will include Portugal, Belgrade and Zagreb so please stay tuned.
Sept 2 Belfast – Empire
Sept 3 Dublin – Whelan’s
Sept 4 Manchester – Academy 3
Sept 5 Glasgow – Stereo
Sept 6 Newcastle – Cluny
Sept 7 York – Princess Charlotte
Sept 9 Bristol – Thekla
Sept 10 Leicester – The Musician
Sept 11 London – Bush Hall
Sept 12 Dorset – End of the Road Festival
Sept 13 Exeter – Phoenix
Sept 15 Cambridge – The Graduate
Sept 16 Winchester – Railway
Sept 18 Spain – tbc
Sept 19 Portugal – Barriero (venue tbc)
Sept 20 Spain – Huelva – South Pop Festival
Sept 21 Spain – tbc
Sept 24 Switzerland – Luzern
Sept 25 Germany – Karlshruhe – Jubez
Sept 26 Germany - Dresden – Beat Pol
Sept 27 Germany – Wendelsterin – Jegelscheune
Sept 29 Finland – Helsinki – Tavastia
Sept 30 Luxembourg – Dudelange - CC op der Schmertz
Oct 1 Belgium – Ghent - Handlesbeurs
Oct 2 Netherlands – Haarlem - Patronaat
Oct 3 Netherlands – Den Haag – Paard van Troje
Oct 4-8 tbc
Oct 9 Italy – Milan – Casa 139
Oct 10 Italy – Florence – Viper
Oct 11 Italy – Rome - Init
The single for All the lost Souls will be promoted at the end of August so please look out for more sessions and interviews then.
We are currently booking UK, Belgian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese and hopefully eastern European & Italian dates stretching from Sept 2 until Oct 10th. There will be a new live tour cd taken from their last dates for this.
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